The 27th competition for the best “bricklayer” and “formwork builder” apprentices was held from June 15 – 16, 2011at the Vienna Building Academy in Guntramsdorf. Nineteen young apprentice bricklayers and formwork builders whose performance during their apprenticeship period was above-average participated. Five ALPINE apprentices from across Austria were among the 19 best young bricklayers at the Building Academy who qualified: Alexander Aichinger, ALPINE Bau, Upper Austria Branch, Taufkirchen/Pram Office won first prize. His three workpieces showcased high precision and convinced the prominent jury.
Six teams competed in the team competition for the best young formwork builders from Vienna, Lower Austria and Upper Austria. The ALPINE Bau team and its apprentices, Sebastian Berger and Andreas Wolfthaler, Upper Austria Branch, Steyr Office, fought for victory and won first place.
Both the quality of the workpieces and performance in the theoretical examinations demonstrated the apprentices’ professional skills and the high training standards in Austria. Apprentices in their final year before entering a career as “Bricklayers” and “Formwork Builders” from the states of Vienna, Burgenland, Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Salzburg attended the annual competition.
The competition was streamed live via the Internet to draw more attention to the event. Viewers were able to watch the contestants as they worked. Striking and especially gratifying: the enthusiasm shown by the young bricklayers and young formwork builders as they tackled their tasks underlines the attractiveness of these future careers.
The state guild master, DI Dr. Rainer Pawlick, and Mag. Michael Pichler (Professional Association for the Construction Industry) carried out the victory ceremony before a professional audience. Bmst. Isabella Leeb and Christoph Peschek, member of the State Parliament, attended as political representatives.
ALPINE encourages apprentices
At ALPINE an apprenticeship is a foundation for life. The Austrian construction company trains approx. 200 apprentices each year. Great importance is attached to an outstanding interaction between parents, apprentices, the school and the instructors. Apprentices passing the apprenticeship examinations with a grade of “outstanding” win a one-hundred-euro bonus.
Photo 1: Prize-giving with Alexander Aichinger
Photo 2: Group picture
Photo 3: Winner formwork builders
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